Beauty

Choosing Your Perfect Diamond

June 17, 2015

They say that diamonds are a girls best friend… right??

Well, I haven’t even thought about diamonds very much over the past few years until just recently. I’ve been thinking more about breast feeding, poop diapers, teething, house chores, and working hard for the future of my family…oh and my blog and YouTube channel, which ties into the whole working for the future of my family thing. I think diamonds are a symbol, and a beautiful one at that! Some people put more value in the diamonds that they wear than in what that diamond represents. I’ve never been a HUGE jewelry person, I’ve always liked simple jewelry, but what girl doesn’t dream of a beautiful diamond ring?

If you follow my blog and Instagram you already know we did a diamond upgrade/swap a few months ago for our 8 year wedding anniversary. I did a mini post about it already on here. We went back to Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store. It’s where my husband originally purchased my wedding band.  I learned so much about how to choose a diamond. I wanted to share with you EVERYTHING I learned. I wasn’t a part of the process the first time, and I didn’t even have a blog back then, so there was no way to share. Byron definitely did an amazing job though, because when we went back he already knew so much more than I did about choosing a diamond.

Here are a few tips that I learned to picking your perfect diamond:

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Words to know:

Brilliance- Simply put, it’s the bling in your ring! Brilliance is the brightness radiated from the heart of the ring, AKA the extent of diamond’s light-reflecting power.  It’s determined by a set of factor’s that focus around “The Four C’s,” as they call it. These are the most important factors to choosing a diamond.

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Carat- Is simply the size of your diamond. You always want to go a tad bit bigger than the carat you want. Reason being, diamonds (as strong as they are) can chip. If you chip off a piece of a 1 ct. diamond, it’s no longer considered 1ct. and the resell is drastically lower. If you buy a 1.2 ct. diamond you have more room for accidents while still keeping it above 1 ct., hence maintaining its value.

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Color- Rarely is a diamond completely colorless. Most, to all, diamonds have a slight yellow hue, often not at all obvious. Letters signify the amount of yellow in your diamond, beginning with D, the whitest, and ending at Z, the most yellow. One thing I loved about the diamond we chose, is that its super white and sparkly. I sat and compared many options before choosing the perfect color.

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Clarity- (also called inclusions) are the “flaws” or “birthmarks” of a diamond; rated by a set of letters and numbers (see below). Diamonds are a product of nature and will always come with their own characteristics. Just because a diamond may have a flaw, as the majority do, does not make it undesirable or even noticeable for that matter. That is why there are several levels of clarity to choose from. I tried looking for diamond options where flaws were closer to the bottom of the ring, and could only be seem under a microscope.

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Cut- The way in which a diamond is cut to shape. The better the cut the more diamond will direct more light through the crown, or increase the stone’s brilliance.

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Cut Types Are:

Round– Shape is self-explanatory. This is regarded as the most “brilliant” cut and the most expensive.
Princess– A brilliant diamond with sharp corners that can be cut square to rectangular. Quality-wise, it’s the square version of a round cut diamond. High brilliance, highly sought after.
Oval– An elliptical shaped diamond. Great for elongating the finger. Known for having bow ties, or areas where light to not bounce back (some really like this effect).
Cushion– A cushion cut diamond is square to rectangular with rounded corners and curved sides. Resembles a pillow shape.  Comes in many shapes and sizes.
Radiant – A square or rectangular diamond, similar to the princess cut, but without the sharp edges and with cut corners.
Emerald – Known to be rectangular and very elegant. It’s an understated, but classically beautiful cut. This cut does tend to show more flaws in the stone, so typically you would want to be a higher clarity than you would need to with a princess or round cut that conceals its flaws more effectively.
Baguette Cut– Very similar to the emerald cut, but available in less carats. Often used as side stones.
Asscher– Simply a square emerald.
Marquise– Similar to the oval cut, but with two pointed ends.
Trilliants – A triangular brilliant cut. Similar cutting style to the princess; sharp edged. Must be protected from chipping edges.
Heart –shaped like a heart. Also know for having bow ties.

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Photo Credit: EngagementRingsOnline.co.uk

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Overall, we chose a diamond that looked the most beautiful and sparkly to us. It’s important to choose something that you are personally very drawn to! Don’t worry too much about size, focus on the brilliance of the diamond itself, and which options in your price range most stick out to you. That way, you will be happy for years and years to come.

If you like my ring, and want to know where to find similar options (they don’t sell that exact model anymore)

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Hope you enjoyed this post,

xo, Rachel

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  • Renee June 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Hi! I have a question in the carat description you say “If you buy a 1.2 ct. diamond you have more room for accidents while still keeping it above 1 ct., hence maintaining its value.” is it easy to chip the diamond? Did you have any chips in yours?! Very interesting and informative
    Thanks!

    • Talbott June 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I’ve never chipped my diamond, but this was something I learned while choosing. Buying slightly above will help maintain value longterm.

  • Renee June 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks! it’s good to know! I always heard diamonds are VERY strong but I will definitely be a little more careful!

  • Valerie June 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Hi Rachel, very informative! So what did you end up choosing? What are your 4 C’s?
    Take care!

  • Serein June 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I love your post and how you break everything down. My husband and I got married almost 3 years ago and he purchased my ring from Robin’s Brothers as well. I love my ring, not just because it’s beautiful, but because of how much time and thought my husband went through to buy it for me and what it symbolizes.

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  • HK November 21, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Choosing a right diamond while you are buying wholesale diamonds is very important factor. Make sure you choose a diamond that meets your specification and budget. The 4 C’s – Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity are best place to start when trying to understand diamonds.